Ecclestone fires back at Carey’s accusation

Date published: May 6 2017

Ex-Formula 1 owner Bernie Ecclestone has dismissed Chase Carey's claim that he stopped Formula 1 from growing into a bigger sport.

Carey recently revealed his frustration with how far behind Formula 1 has fallen compared to other global sports and said it was largely in part of Ecclestone saying "no" to proposals on a regular basis.

But Ecclestone has insisted that he only rejected new ways of developing sport for two perfectly logical reasons.

"The only reason I ever said no to anything is if I thought it wasn't a very good thing to do or didn't produce any income," Ecclestone told The Sun newspaper.

"I had to make sure we got the maximum financially we could for the company to make it interesting to buy, which is what happened.

"The bottom line is, we will have to see whether the new owners are right or not."